Chronic halitosis or bad breath is a common condition that can be embarrassing for many patients. From dry mouth to diabetes, there are multiple causes of bad breath. Bad breath can be categorized as transitory or chronic. Many foods like garlic can cause bad breath, which can be treated by brushing and flossing the teeth, gums, and tongue. Chronic halitosis is lasting and may have more complex causes than just certain foods or a poor hygiene routine.
One of the best ways to combat bad breath is routine dental care in our Worcester, MA dental office. At Russell Street Dental, Dr. Robert Gauthier and his team take a comprehensive approach to treatment. We take lifestyle choices, medical history, and dental history of our patients into account in order to find the cause of their oral health problems. Then, we can recommend the right dental or medical care to meet their needs.
Bad Breath: Causes and Treatments
Many patients with chronic bad breath may have an underlying medical condition such as emphysema, diabetes, or sinusitis. For patients with emphysema and sinusitis, chronic postnasal drip can cause bad breath. Patients who have diabetes may have bad breath due to glucose levels in the mouth. Glucose promotes bacterial growth and can also increase the risk of tooth decay. If we find that your halitosis has a medical cause, we will recommend that you visit your general physician.
However, bad breath can often be a sign of dry mouth, gum disease, or tooth decay. Harmful bacteria can create volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). These compounds contribute to halitosis. Brushing, flossing, or using mouthwash may only mask these odors for some time. Additionally, patients who use tobacco products may also have bad breath. Visit our office so we can determine if your halitosis has oral health or medical cause.
One of the best ways to treat bad breath is to practice a good oral hygiene routine. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis also removes bacteria from the mouht. Our dental hygienists provide a deep clean for patients using specialized dental tools. Patients who hydrate regularly can also prevent dry mouth, a condition that can also cause halitosis. Abstaining from tobacco products also prevents halitosis and staining to the natural tooth enamel.
Schedule a Dental Consultation Today
Do you have chronic halitosis? Are you looking for a treatment to create a healthier, fresher smile? Request a dental appointment with the team of Russell Street Dental today. You may also call Dr. Gauthier today at (508) 687-6579. Let Dr. Gauthier or a member of his team know if you have any further questions or concerns. They will be happy to assist you so you can get the care you need.